I read as many reviews as I could find on both cameras, and although the SX500IS's superzoom was appealing for its super-zoomability and awesome macro-ness, the 1100D won out in the end - despite the fact I'm likely never going to be able to afford a decent superzoom or macro lense for it. Ever. *sigh*
I've had a lot of hit and misses while playing about with the settings...
|Hmm. That was a miss. Hey I know, let's pretend I was being arty!|
And this one, I think, was a better hit:
|Remember how the Lily Bug cut her own hair..? Heh. Heh.|
A macro lense is definitely on the wishlist if I want to take nice detailed shots of flowers and bugs and the insides of the Lad's nostrils while he's sleeping and stuff.
|Probably would've napped a better picture if it wasn't a windy day and the camera was on a tripod!|
Hmm. We probably should get out of the house more.
I was super super excited to find that when using the AF Live mode I can toggle around the LCD screen to choose exactly where I want the focus point to be rather than relying on the 9 auto-focus points and moving the camera to suit. However, this mode is only works with the LCD screen and only useful on stationary objects. Anything that blinks or farts is gonna throw out the focus and in live view, the camera takes the life cycle of a flea to refocus again.
|Live Mode example 1: Right apple/lip of bowl as focus point.|
|Live Mode example 2: Jar in the background as focus point.|
My fav snaps so far:
|At the end of a lovely long afternoon at Bethells Beach, the boy was knackered. Then the we had to wait for the State Roadside Rescue to rescue our flat battery dilemma (though turned out the steering lock was just on *shamefaced*)|
|Bethells Beach - I pinned the Lily Bug down long enough for a photo.|
|Mt Victoria, Devonport. The Teen and the Lily Bug having a rare moment of fun together.|
|At Nan's house.|
|Bethells Beach where sand makes the perfect prop for some monster truck rampaging|